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de Lazy Lizard
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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de Lazy Lizard
de Lazy Lizard
Adirondack chairs line the docks at De Lazy Lizard, the perfect vantage point for watching the return of White Marlin Open fishing vessels.
de Lazy Lizard
Jenny and Kelly admired the stunning sunset view at De Lazy Lizard.
de Lazy Lizard
Yes, that’s Pat Pugh wearing a mask, posing with the fun-loving staff at De Lazy Lizard.
    If your idea of a good time is lounging in an Adirondack chair, sipping a cocktail, listening to live music, and admiring the sunset reflecting on the bay, de Lazy Lizard on 1st Street bayfront is the place for you. Add an affordable, family-friendly menu to the mix, and you have a winning combination.
    Located directly on the water, adjacent to the Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City, de Lazy Lizard presents a wrap-around dock with plenty of free boat docking. Colorful Adirondack chairs line the docks, which lead the way to a pirate ship for kids to play while parents supervise from nearby tables. Outdoor dining at umbrella-covered tables is available on the docks and on a sandy beach area on the waterfront. An indoor dining area is also provided, with A/C and large windows overlooking the bay. An additional sandy section includes tall tabletops and corn hole games for adults.
    Managed by Leo and Jody, who are committed to customer satisfaction, the staff at de Lazy Lizard includes celebrated local bartenders like Nate Todd, Jeff Messick, and Pat Pugh, who each bring in plenty of local faces and add a healthy dose of crazy fun to the scene.
    My friend Kelly Quinn (Mann Properties) joined me for dinner at De Lazy Lizard this week. The place was packed! Friends and families of all ages relax in Adirondack chairs while kids play on the pirate ship and hostesses busily escort customers to tables. Kelly and I found plenty of parking in the gravel lot next to the restaurant. As we delighted in the sounds of Johnny Mojo singing along to his acoustic guitar rhythms, we walked past jet ski rentals along the sprawling dock that leads to the hostess stand and merchandise shop.
    Leo and Jody greeted us and pointed out the extended kid play area with tables for adults. Jody also noted that the bayfront dock is the perfect vantage point for watching large fishing vessels with winning catches onboard returning to the White Marlin Open fishing tournament. The largest billfish tournament in the world takes place in Ocean City this week from August 8-12, and de Lazy Lizard is a comfortable spot to get close to the action.
    Kelly and I sat at a table in the sandy beach area, where Megan was our friendly server. She told us that the catch of the day, available broiled or fried, was Flounder. De Lazy Lizard boasts an enticing menu featuring meats, poultry, and seafood recipes. Crab Cakes—available in quantities of one or two—are a classic crowd pleaser. Fish & Chips and Jumbo Fried Shrimp are additional popular dishes at de Lazy Lizard. Meat lovers are welcomed to order the House NY Strip—a 12-ounce USDA Choice center cut strip grilled to your liking. Add a Crab Cake to your order for the steak & cake option. Half-racks and whole-racks of Ribs are smothered in the Lizard’s signature BBQ sauce. Topping off the entrées menu at de Lazy Lizard are a 10-ounce Tuna filet, grilled or blackened, and Mango Grilled Chicken—two chicken breasts with mango salsa.
    Kelly and I started our meal with an order of Coconut Shrimp and Old Bay Wings. The hand-breaded Coconut Shrimp is served with a zesty orange ginger sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed this appetizer basket. Also available in mild, hot, BBQ, or garlic flavors, the Wings at de Lazy Lizard are finger-licking good, and we ate every last bite of our Old Bay Wings.
    For our main course, Kelly ordered the 10-ounce Tuna filet, blackened to perfection and served with fries and redskin mashed potatoes. I selected the Shrimp Salad sandwich in an Old Bay wrap. Both of our meals are worthy of top accolades.
    De Lazy Lizard’s Crab Dip is homemade and served with tri-colored tortilla chips. The mozzarella sticks are so humongous, they can’t call them sticks. Instead, they’re aptly named Leapin’ Lizard Logs. Other must-try appetizers are Godzilla Nachos, Sweet Chili Calamari, and Ahi Tuna served rare with wasabi and teriyaki sauce. Fries, Steamed Shrimp, Steamed Clams, and Chicken Fingers are just a few more appetizers on the menu.
    De Lazy Lizard takes French Fries to a whole new level. Try the crispy fries topped with Crab Dip, or order the Sweet Potato Fries tossed in cinnamon sugar with honey mustard dip. The signature Lazy Fries are topped with jalapeños, black olives, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and beef or chicken.
    Sandwich selections are in abundance at de Lazy Lizard. Crab Cake, Soft Crab, Tuna Steak, Broiled Fish, Pork BBQ, Fried Flounder, and Chicken Salad are just a few of many sandwich choices. I highly recommend the Fish Tacos—2 soft tacos in flour tortillas with lettuce, tomato, cheddar jack cheese, and boom boom sauce. De Lazy Lizard’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich is prepared four different ways: plain, club, buffalo, or parmesan. Offering only the best of the best, the Filet Cheesesteak is comprised of filet mignon with provolone cheese, onions, and sautéed peppers. Grilled Chicken, Veggie Wrap, and Turkey & Cheese Wrap top off the sandwich choices.
    Soups, salads, and burgers are additional menu items at de Lazy Lizard. Try the Black and Bleu Burger or the California Burger—a half-pound burger topped with bacon, cheddar, and sliced avocado. A kid’s menu, served atop Frisbee plates, is also available.
    Happy Hour takes place every day at de Lazy Lizard from 3:00 until 6:00. Try the Watermelon Crush, which is brimming with chunks of fresh watermelon. Acoustic rockers showcase live music at the bar and restaurant from 5:00 until 9:00, Thursday through Sunday.
    Stop into de Lazy Lizard this week to watch the White Marlin Open anglers pass through the Route 50 Bridge. Enjoy happy hour specials and stay for a delicious dinner on the bayfront. For more information, visit www.oclazylizard.com  or dial 410-289-1122.
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